Tattoos are beautiful ways to express yourself and have fun with body art. But they can also be a life-changing way to cover up scars, stretch marks, and other things that might bother you about your body.
With permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing, an artist can replace or enhance coloring on the skin. That’s where Jody Stoski comes in.
When Stoski became familiar with the permanent makeup industry, she knew she was interested in working in that realm. Stoski also became more focused on paramedical tattooing.
“When I trained as a permanent makeup artist, I trained with two doctors who also did paramedical services,” Jody told BuzzFeed. “I was fascinated by the work they were doing and decided to train from day one on both cosmetic and paramedical services, which I began offering in 2008.”
Jody said that her first job was at a cancer clinic. She rented out a space and offered eyebrow and areola restorations to patients there.
“I saw a lot of varying cases and gained excellent experience as a result. I also worked out of a day spa at the same time, where I focused almost purely on cosmetic tattooing, which is rewarding as well, but I found the paramedical procedures so much more rewarding,” she said. “When I eventually moved into my own clinic, I offered services for both markets. I now have a team of artists that provide a mix of cosmetic and paramedical services.”
Jody eventually founded her own clinic, called Cinnamon Girl Clinic, in Calgary, Canada. At the clinic, Jody and her team camouflages “scars, burns, skin grafts, cleft lip surgeries, mastectomy scarring and areola/nipple revision, top surgery patients (gender affirming) scar and areola/nipple revision, vitiligo, and stretch marks. Scars can be from surgeries (tummy tuck, facelift, C-section) or from self-harm injuries, and, of course, accidents. Not all scars can be camouflaged, but many can.”
“With paramedical clients, they are often just seeking some degree of improvement and are typically blown away and so very thankful when they see the results which are achieved with this type of tattooing. I think they are really as surprised to experience the service as many who’ve viewed my recent viral TikToks are to learn that it even exists.”
Jody says that she became passionate about this work because she enjoys being “part of a client’s healing journey.”
“It’s really emotional when they aren’t able to see the signs of their past trauma when they look in the mirror for the first time. There are usually a lot of tears, and sometimes they are mine!”
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